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Romulo Avelica -father held by ICE #ReleaseRomulo
$8,184 raised
27% of $30k goal
185 contributors
141 Days running
FEB 28, ICE detained Romulo Avelica while taking his daughters to school. A rapid public and legal response got him off the deportation bus, but he remains detained. Funds go directly to cover legal and living expenses for this Los Angeles family of 7. More

UPDATE - MAY 24: Romulo Avelica was detained by ICE on FEB 28, and is STILL BEING HELD. The temporary stay of deportation issued by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit remains in place. Several legal actions are underway to permit Romulo to remain in the US and be reunited with his family. His deportation to Mexico remains a real threat. Here is a quick overview by The Intercept.


Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez was detained by two ICE agents on TUE FEB 28 2017 on his way to drop-off two of his daughters to school. He is currently being held with a deportation order at the privately operated federal prison in Adelanto (ICE Case A# 095 776 645).

FEB 28 2017 ICE detains Romulo as he is dropping of his daughter to school

Romulo is age 48, works at a restaurant, and has been in the US since 1991 (more years in US than Mexico). He lives with his wife and US citizen daughters Brenda age 24, a medical assistant; Jocelyn age 19, a Certifed Nursing Assistant; Fatima age 13, 8th grade student at Academia Avance;and Yuleni age 12, 6th grade student at Academia Avance. He also is uncle to Felicitas age 21, student at UCSD; and Diana age 18, university-bound Class of 2017 valedictorian and ASB President at Aacdemia Avance. Romulo has been coaching Fatima, Yuleni and Diana over the last six months as they train for the upcoming Los Angeles Marathon. The family rents an apartment in Northeast Los Angeles. They are all True Dodger Blue.

Avelica Family at Chaves Ravine - True Dodger Blue

Funds collected will off-set the costs of legal expenses needed to secure his release, and follow-up actions to support the families "U" Visa application. They are working with a highly recognized and accomplished immigration law firm, with a clear strategy to resolve his situation. But these actions will take time, and costs will add up. His case is bolstered by strong support from all the local, state and federal elected officials serving Los Angeles, also from several immigrant rights groups, such as NDLON and CHIRLA, and by the school his daughters and nieces attend, and/or graduated from, Academia Avance in Highland Park.

Proud parents of Jocelyn Avelica at her graduation

The announced shift in immigration policy by the new President to a  merit -based” system prioritizes the benefits to companies, upturning the historic American tradition of family unity. The detention of Romulo is having a severe impact on the Avelica family. But their story is now serving to rally a public outcry against this not-great American President.

Please donate to keep the Avelica family strong as they fight ICE for the release of Romulo.


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